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Advancing from active addiction to a life in recovery is a major undertaking requiring a great deal of reflection, dedication and hard work in an effort to improve the personal lives of those who have made the decision for self-improvement. 

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A Fergus Falls man faces felony charges following an after threatening another and causing a disturbance at Fergus Falls Police Department headquarters.

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The Oxford Dictionary defines a screen as “the flat surface at the front of a television, computer, or other electronic device, on which you see pictures or information.” It’s hard to look around today and not see a TV, computer, smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, or some other type of device. …

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The Fergus Falls downtown Lyric Theater, in the early 1950s, was located in the lower level of what's now the Flower Mill, just west of what today is the Viking Cafe. The Fergus Theater was just half a block away, east of Lundeen's.

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While no local cases have been reported, canine flu is on the rise in the Twin Cities and in other states. The recent cases have sparked enough concern that the Minnesota Board of Animal Health (MnBAH) has issued new guidance for pet owners to combat community spread of the canine influenza virus

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In 1937, during the Depression and severe drought, times were tough making a living on the farm for Edwin and Minnie (Garberg) Sholberg and their growing two children, Marvin and Ethel. They had friends in Kennewick, Washington who encouraged them to move to Washington where there were more …

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Hello, my name is Trent Pitts. I am a senior at Kennedy Secondary school. This semester I am scheduled to have an internship during my school day. The school day is pretty much the same as any normal day. Instead of staying at the school I go out into the public and intern at a company. The …

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Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan celebrated nearing the end of the Minnesota Legislative Session, the expansion of the Lockheed Martin subsidiary in St Paul and commented on the state’s new direct admissions program for students.

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In my job as a fishing educator I am fortunate to assist lots of kids in their learning about fishing and also get to spend lots of time in the boat every year with youngsters. Here are some things I have learned about fishing with kids that might be beneficial to others who take kids fishing.

The annual Blondeau Arts Festival was held at Kennedy Secondary School, on May 22. Below is a list of categories and placements. 

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Funding for a plethora of projects in Otter Tail County and Fergus Falls have been funded after the state legislature passed and Gov. Tim Walz signed the 2023 bonding bill that had been held up in a previous legislative session.

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Hello, my name is Matthew Tungseth and I am doing an internship through the work based learning program at Kennedy Secondary School. My internship is at Interstate Engineering here in Fergus Falls. I go there for about an hour and a half on weekdays except for Tuesdays. I had no prior experi…

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Finding out you’re pregnant is one of life’s greatest moments. With advertisements, mommy blogs, Instagram, and movies that show glowing, happy, women rubbing their bellies, one would expect that being pregnant is always a magical experience. When that little baby is placed in your arms, eve…

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After six months of waiting, Fergus Falls' Berit Skogen has been named one of the elite Fulbright award winners and will be traveling to Ås, Norway, for a 10 month English teaching program flagshipped by the United States government.

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Local ethanol plant Green Plains Otter Tail is among the elite facilities in the state that have been recognized as outstanding by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for 2022.

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From the first piggy bank on the dresser to financial investments, the way kids are taught about handling money from an early age can lead to a more secure financial future. Local finance professionals weighed in on the topic to help gain an understanding of how to establish a strong foundat…

Senate Republicans are sharing the details of the $300 million deal to help nursing homes struck over the past weekend. The agreement will include direct grants, facility rate increases and a workforce incentive fund that adds up to about $1.1 million for every nursing home in the state. The…

Of my soon to be 56 years on this planet, I have spent 47 of them in a school setting either as a student or through employment. My school life had a rather inauspicious beginning. As kindergarten approached, I had decided that I was already pretty happy with my life and felt no need to upse…

It’s no secret that jigs catch walleyes. In fact, a jig baited with some form of live bait or plastic produces fish during all seasons. Here is a look at some suggestions for fishing jigs during early season for walleyes.

From the young age of seven, Patrick Mendis knew what he wanted. After meeting an American foreign exchange student and a Peace Corp volunteer at his grandparents home in Sri Lanka, Mendis wanted to be a foreign exchange student, too. That was his first dream, he said, which he held onto for…

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My name is Sloanne Petersen. I am a senior at KSS, and I am an intern with Klara Beck at City Hall. No two days are the same in community development. One day we are going over grant paperwork and the next day we are planning a plane-themed retreat. I went into this work opportunity with not…

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The historic mill building at Phelps Mill Park has been restored. Join the Friends of Phelps Mill and Otter Tail County in celebrating the reopening of the mill. The public is invited to an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Jun. 2 from 1–3 p.m. Guests are encouraged to take self-guid…

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When it comes to kicking off our summer “lake season,” the dogs and cats of the Humane Society of Otter Tail County seem to have it all figured out. They’ve put together three upcoming events for fun, fellowship and fundraising. Mark your calendars for May 25, 6-8 p.m at Beach Bums on Otter …

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Letting someone know they aren’t alone can make a world of difference when they are dealing with a mental illness. Whether you are the one in five who will face a mental health condition in their lifetime, or have a friend or family member who is trying to cope with their struggle, being edu…

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Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan were busy May 15-19, signing bills into laws regarding lead pipe replacement, veterans and military affairs, housing investments, agriculture and broadband, gun safety, duty disability, legacy topics, redistricting, higher education, pension, retirem…

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With summer break just around the corner, it's time to get groceries to feed busy, hungry kids all day. Grabbing a pack of fruit snacks and a can of Sprite is convenient and tasty. A Pop-tart and a glass of orange juice takes care of breakfast. At the end of a hot, tiring day of activities, …

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Time spent enjoying the outdoors has many healing and beneficial effects for our minds and bodies. A stroll through a park, hiking in the woods and sitting by a lake have shown that exposure to nature has been linked to a host of benefits, including improved attention, lower stress, better m…

It’s true! Sunrise Rotary is raising money to buy bikes for kids who want a bike but don’t have one. Last year Pedal Fergus Falls visited the club and, in a conversation with the club members, confirmed that there are kids in our community who don’t have access to a bicycle. Pedal Fergus Fal…

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High school sports are some of the most memorable and revered moments in the lives of many, reminisced upon for decades as some of the best times in life. Daily Journal Media, in conjunction with Tag Up and M State, have partnered to bring an end-of-the-school-year sports awards event to the…

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It has been over six months since Lake Region Healthcare Walk-in Clinic Nurse Practitioner Matthew Ecker called 911 to report a gunshot to the head of Alexandra Penning in a St. Paul apartment building and was arrested on murder charges. 

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It seems like a common complaint to hear today that teenagers spend too much time using technology and electronics. Phones, computers, video games; what good can it lead to? All of the time spent on the internet and smartphones could be considered wanted time. Now a group of high school stud…

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Outpost Smokehouse, a new BBQ restaurant with dine-in, online ordering and grab-n-go options, is set to open just in time for Memorial Day weekend. The smokehouse, where not all smoking is bad, will offer a range of smoked meats and tasty sides. A grand opening is planned for May 22 at Littl…

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The Minnesota State Envirothon was held on May 16, at the Prairie Wetland Learning Center. The weather was perfect and students from 27 teams were prepared to show the judges what they know about balancing quality of life and quality of environment through problem solving activities.

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The 2022-23 school year has seen an increase in the number of books being pulled from public school library shelves and class curriculums. Sensitive and mature themes, outdated language and characters displaying a variety of diverse characteristics have parents and school administrators aski…

During the 2022-23 school year, the 544 Foundation has awarded numerous grants throughout the district. According to 544 Foundation Executive Director Mindy Fuder, there have been 27 grants totaling almost $37,000. Lincoln School, which houses ECFE and Otter Preschool, was a recipient of $4,…

Questions have been posed regarding the district’s utilization of the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) standards. This column will provide detail on what the standards are and why they are being taught.

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Dahlia’s Downtown Boutique has opened its doors for business. Owner Melissa Weispfennig plans to host her grand opening on May 19-20 at 109 West Lincoln Avenue in downtown Fergus Falls. Light refreshments, discounts and a $100 gift card giveaway will be presented during the celebration.

Governor Tim Walz celebrated the legacy of the recording artist Prince Rogers Nelson by signing a bill for a portion of a state highway in honor of Prince’s legacy. Walz also signed a bill into law providing $50 million for the Rural Finance Authority, as well as the the Omnibus Economic Dev…

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On April 22, 1982, a then twenty-year-old Rick Swanberg reported for his first day on the job at the Henning sign shop. "The first sign I helped install was a stop sign on Highway 72 by Zorbaz. I was paid $3.35 an hour, " he recalls. This year he was recognized for 40 years of service with t…

There’s a picture that hangs in my parents’ dining room. It’s a red and yellow patchwork quilt in a modest wood frame. The words are simple and stitched by hand. They are from our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

Donating to a worthy cause is something that many organizations in the area pride themselves on. This includes Boots on the Ground, who recently donated $24,000 to the Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls; but when a photo sent from the veterans home to local news organizations was shared…

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After nearly five years of being employed at Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) NeTia Bauman will be leaving her current position of CEO at the end of June to pursue another career opportunity in the economic development industry.

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